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Dickey’s Hickory Smoked Barbecue as Close as Brea

Front entrance to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant in Brea strip center
Front entrance to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant in Brea strip center
John R. Aberle

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant, Brea, California (CA)


Thanks to our kids in Texas, Dorothy and I finally decided to travel to Brea to eat at this Dallas, Texas based fast food restaurant, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Typical of quick service restaurants (QSR’s), you walk in, order, and then pay for your food after which you can either take it to go or sit down at one of their tables to eat there.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Brea is a fast food restaurant or QSR  that serves hickory smoked BBQ ribs and other meats.
John R. Aberle

Fresh brewed iced tea, $2.50

You serve yourself with your beverages including fresh brewed iced tea, either Southern Sweet or unsweetened. My beverage of choice is fresh brewed iced tea so I was pleased that they have really good tea.

Hickory Smoked Barbecue

As neither of us enjoys the common Texas BBQ tradition of smoking with mesquite, we were really delighted to discover that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit uses hickory wood to pit smoke their meats. Their website claims that they season and slow smoke their meats daily on-site.

Rib Plate, $13.00, and 3 Meat Plate, $12.95

We ordered two different plates to share. Dorothy got the Rib Plate with pork ribs. I ordered the 3 Meat Plate with beef brisket, barbecue honey ham, and pulled pork. We tried their original barbecue sauce as well as their sweet version.

Review of the Different Dishes


Dorothy and I both felt the hickory smoked ribs were delicious and fork tender. We enjoyed the barbecue sauce the ribs Dickey’s cooked them with. We assume it was the original Dickey’s flavor as I didn’t ask to confirm.

I enjoyed both flavors of the barbecue sauce. On the other hand, Dorothy found the sauces too hot, even the sweet sauce had too much kick for her.

Pulled Pork

Dickey’s website describes the pulled pork as “slow smoked, southern style.” We felt it was tender with good flavor. However, it was dry so we appreciated being able to add their extra sauces. We both used the bun to make a sandwich out of the pulled pork.

Beef Brisket

The hickory smoked beef brisket Dickey’s serves is tender and tasty though it too is dry. Frankly, brisket seemed like well-done roast beef to me. Normally I want beef medium rare to no further done than medium. In this case, as I like adding extra barbecue sauce, having the beef well-done was a good excuse to enjoy more sauce.

Honey Baked Ham

Again, Dickey’s website described this honey glazed spiral cut ham, which fits because the slices of the baked ham was thin though not deli sliced thin. On the other hand, the honey flavor was really subtle. Still, we thought the flavor was delicious.

Homestyle Sides

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit includes pickles, onions, barbecue sauce and two sides with each plate. We also had a bun on each plate. Dickey’s restaurant offers many more side choices than the typical quick service restaurant (QSR): barbecue beans, creamy coleslaw, potato salad, baked potato casserole, Caesar salad, mac & cheese, jalapeño beans, green beans with bacon, chips, fried okra, Fried Onion Tanglers, and Waffle Iron Fries.

For our sides, Dorothy and I both got the barbecue beans then Dorothy chose the coleslaw and I got the potato salad.

Baked beans

Their baked beans were not as sweet as I like. They reminded me of borracho beans as they were fairly bland. Fortunately, we both found them much improved with the addition of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s sweet barbecue sauce.

Potato salad

While I really enjoyed Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s meat, I was not as pleased with the potato salad. I have love the more traditional potato salad with pickle relish and hard boiled eggs. Dickey’s version used dill for flavor. It was, though, very creamy.

Cole slaw

The one side that we both thought was delicious was their cole slaw.

Options for ordering Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s meats

This too was an unusual feature of this fast food restaurant chain. You can order their meats by the pound or whole. Additionally, you can order online.

While we normally prefer going out to a full-service restaurant when we want barbecue, I enjoyed the meats. On the other hand, the prices seemed high for a quick service restaurant, especially based on the size of the portions. When we combine the portion sizes and the flavors of the sides plus the split decision between us as to whether we liked the sauces or not, we agreed that it deserves a rating of three.

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Additional information
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Brea, California (CA)

  • 2435 East Imperial Highway, Unit E
  • Brea, CA 92821
  • (714) 529-3710

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Website

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Locations:


  • 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Menu

Meals Served:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cuisine Type:

  • American barbecue (BBQ) beef, pork, chicken, sausage
  • Side orders

Service Type:

  • Quick service restaurant (QSR) also known as fast food restaurant
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